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Update from Sarah and Josiah

Excerpted from newsletter. If you would like to receive regular updates from these workers in North Africa, contact the RMM office at info@rmmoffice.org to be added to their mailing list.

School is off to a good start for our three oldest children! We're grateful for a smoother start this year and for some budding friendships for them. Thanks to all who have been praying for them!

A dear friend lost her mother several months ago. She invited us to join her family (“in place of my mother,” she said) during the Feast of the Sacrifice (Sunday), the high holy day of the Islamic year and an important time when families gather following the loss of a loved one. It's also a day of a lot of work, and both our help and presence seemed deeply appreciated. Join us in praying for this family’s peace.

I've been challenged to reevaluate my priorities on several occasions recently, having arrived ready to work on the straw bale house/appropriate technologies center (pictured above) with high expectations of what we'd accomplish, only to find that a significant life event was going on in the village. One day we’d worked several hours when my companions informed me that one of the men in the farmers’ association was hosting a meal in honor of his sister's wedding. So we cleaned up and joined 50 other village men for four rounds of Qur’anic recitation interspersed with two rounds of tea and a meal. As I sat through the gathering, my foot tapping to get back to work, I thought about how much time Jesus spent as a guest in homes. The Gospels tend to highlight the visits when dramatic things happened, but we’re told that Bethany—and the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus in particular—was a place he loved to stay. I, like Martha, need to be reminded that being with Jesus and those he loves is always better than doing something for him.

Grace and peace, Josiah and Sarah

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